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Experts: Georgian cyberattacks suggest Russian involvement

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| The hackers who launched cyberattacks against the former Soviet republic of 
| Georgia two months ago probably had links to the Russian government, even 
| though no hard evidence has been uncovered of official involvement, a report 
| by an all-volunteer group of experts said Friday.   
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http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.php?id=446005914&rid=-50

Well, back doors do that. Microsoft makes them available.


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| China plans to identify and photograph everyone that uses an Internet cafe.
| 
| This is a couple of steps beyond the unjust laws of France and Italy, which 
| forbid open wireless networks. But any nasty thing that China does to the 
| Internet is likely to show up in "free" countries soon. The excuses 
| are "terrorism" (which often means dissent) and "child" pornography.    
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http://www.stallman.org/archives/2008-jul-oct.html#20%20October%202008%20%28Using%20an%20Internet%20cafe%29


Related:

Estonia suspects Kremlin in Web attacks

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| He said more than 1 million computers worldwide have been used in
| recent weeks to attack Estonian government and business Web sites
| since a dispute arose with Moscow over Estonia's moving of a
| Soviet-era war memorial from downtown Tallinn.
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http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/internet/05/17/estonia.cyber.attacks.ap/index.html?eref=rss_tech


The feds weigh in on Windows security

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| "The benefits of this move are enormous: Common, secure configurations
| can help slow botnet spreading, can radically reduce delays in patching,
| can stop many attacks directly, and organizations that have made the
| move report that it actually saves money rather than costs money,"
| Paller wrote.
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http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6172158.html


Zombie botnets attack global DNS servers

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| Hackers launched a sustained attack last night against key root servers
| which form the backbone of the internet.
| 
| Security firm Sophos said that botnets of zombie PCs bombarded the
| internet's domain name system (DNS) servers with traffic.
| 
| "These zombie computers could have brought the web to its knees,"
| said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.
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http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2174383/zombie-botnets-attack-global


EveryDNS, OpenDNS Under Botnet DDoS Attack

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| The last time the Web mob (spammers and phishers using botnets)
| decided to go after a security service, Blue Security was forced
| to fold and collateral damage extended to several businesses,
| including Six Apart.
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http://securitywatch.eweek.com/exploits_and_attacks/everydns_opendns_under_botnet_ddos_attack.html


Homeland Security sees cyberthreats on the rise

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| To test the nation's response to a cyberattack, the Department
| of Homeland Security plans to hold another major exercise,
| called Cyberstorm II, in March 2008, Garcia said. A first
| such exercise happened early last year.
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http://news.com.com/2100-7355_3-6157809.html?part=rss&tag=2547-1_3-0-20&subj=news
http://tinyurl.com/2dpbmv


U.S. cyber counterattack: Bomb 'em one way or the other

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| If the United States found itself under a major cyberattack aimed
| at undermining the natio's critical information infrastructure,
| the Department of Defense is prepared, based on the authority of
| the president, to launch a cyber counterattack or an actual 
| bombing of an attack source.
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http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/020807-rsa-cyber-attacks.html


US plans for cyber attack revealed

http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=37563
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